Important Publication on ICFs from ACI is Now Available
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has introduced an important new publication for concrete industry professionals - ACI 560R-16 Report on Design and Construction with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). This new document is a comprehensive introduction to the design and construction of reinforced concrete structures with insulating concrete forms focusing on ICFs for walls. NRMCA’s Lionel Lemay is on the committee and participated in developing the document.
ICFs first gained acceptance in the early 1990s for residential basements and above-grade walls. But since then, they’ve evolved with changes in technology to be ideal for commercial and multi-family residential applications. From apartment buildings and hotels to warehouses and retail building, ICFs have gained a foothold as ideal alternates to steel and wood construction. Benefits of ICFs include strength and safety – there is a 22-story dormitory in Waterloo, Ontario – along with energy efficiency and competitive cost.
As part of the Build with Strength campaign, NRMCA offers design assistance as a way to provide concrete alternates for buildings. Most of the projects converted from steel and wood to concrete have been trending toward ICF construction.